The ERA Boosted by Jupiter in Scorpio
When planets emerge from the murky twelfth house, when they get to the Ascendant, astrologers often say this transition marks a new beginning. When that planet is Jupiter, as the song goes, "This could be the start of something big!" Until last week, Jupiter has been going through the U.S. 12th house and stirring up a growing list* of men accused of scandalous sexual misbehavior against women.
Last Friday, with transiting Jupiter right on the U.S. Scorpio Ascendant, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney held a rally in New York City, advocating passage of an Equal Rights Amendment for women. She linked the sexual misconduct scandals to the call for an ERA. The initiative has an interesting provenance, since the ERA was first introduced by Alice Paul at the 75th anniversary of the Seneca Falls 1848 Woman's Conference, July 1, 1923 when Jupiter was also conjunct the U.S. Scorpio Ascendant.
Congress finally passed the ERA on March 22, 1972 when transiting Uranus was in Libra and exactly sextile the U.S. Midheaven. The ERA was then sent to the states to ratify. A 1979 deadline was extended to June 30 1982 when Jupiter would be in Scorpio. However, several months before the deadline, Jupiter turned retrograde while conjunct the U.S. Scorpio Ascendant, and the proposal failed by three states.
The ERA has been re-introduced to Congress every year since then. It’s never garnered the political support that it had back in the 1970s and early 1980s, but this time may be different. We’re once again heading into a politically, socially, and financially transformative Saturn-Pluto conjunction in January 2020. That powerful astro-event features the feminist warrior planet Eris in Aries squaring the Saturn-Pluto duo. We can be assured that the battle for legalized gender equality will only escalate between now and then.
Da Vinci Painting Sells for Record $450 Million
"It was a moment when all the stars were aligned, and I think Leonardo would be very pleased," said the global president of Christie‘s after the sale. From an astrologer’s point of view, the stars were indeed aligned. Transiting Jupiter was at 8º Scorpio, right on the U.S. Scorpio Ascendant, signifying the enormous price as well as the tremendous buzz around the New York auction.**
AstroDataBank uses an AA-rated time of 9:40 pm (April 14, 1452; Vinci, Italy) for the Renaissance master, which gives 6º Sagittarius as his Ascendant. Venus, as the natural ruler of art, is placed at 24º Taurus where it forms a perfect trine to Vesta in Capricorn. This earthy trine reflects Leonardo’s devotion to art, and his practical manner of building a painting with the finest materials and advanced techniques which he himself invented.
At the moment of the sale (Nov. 15, 2017; 7:50 pm; NYC), Chiron was at the Pisces Midheaven, which is an apt symbol for the painting itself. The "Salvator Mundi" (the Savior of the World), depicts the leading image of the Age of Pisces. Chiron’s symbolism incorporates the Savior’s earthly wounds enfolded in an immortal soul. And the painting itself is much wounded, having suffered many clumsy repairs over the centuries.
Leonardo’s Taurus Sun squares Pluto in the 8th house of legacies. Progressing his natal chart to the present shows a confluence of planets forming exact aspects to his Pluto. Most significantly, a progressed Fortuna-Uranus conjunction is right on his Pluto at 5º Leo. Venus, which we associate with pleasure and contentment is also active. Venus has progressed from its natal placement to 6º Sagittarius, so at the moment is right on his Ascendant. Yes, he would be pleased.
Hope Hicks, Star Witness
In 2014, with a successful background as a model, Hope Hicks found herself working for Ivanka Trump, helping her to promote her fashion line. In January 2015, the Donald called, asking her to come to his office. "I’m thinking about running for president, and you’re going to be my press secretary," he said. Since then, she’s become his closest aide.
Ms. Hicks was born with her Sun in pleasant Libra (October 21, 1988; Greenwich, CT; time unknown) where it sextiles the outer planet conjunction of Saturn and Uranus. This Saturn-Uranus pairing is exceptionally important, geopolitically speaking, since it’s closely aligned with the Galactic Center at 27º Sagittarius. Her Libra Sun channels this dynamic through the filter of her own consciousness, her personal sense of morality.
As a woman, Hicks tends to identify with her Venus in modest Virgo, and her Moon in self-sacrificing Pisces. Yet with her Mars in Aries, we know there’s a fiery personality under this shy side. She was Trump’s close companion on his recent Asia trip, wowing reporters (especially the tabloids) with her unusually flamboyant attire. Her progressed Venus -- now at 25º Libra -- was just activated by an opposition from transiting Uranus at 25º Aries.
Hicks is a natural to take on the role of Communications Director since, like Trump, she has a natal Mercury-Neptune square, which is prone to bending the truth. She’s been preparing for months for the coming weeks, when she’ll be interviewed by Robert Mueller concerning Trump’s links to Russia. And, not coincidentally, she’ll be experiencing her Saturn Return (exact on December 3). The fate of her own political future, as well as Trump’s, hangs in the balance.Planets in AspectSaturn conjunct Uranus (Strength: 6.70)This combination of planets gives you extreme stamina together with high levels of understanding. Your self-discipline and ability to focus will contribute greatly to your success. At the same time, you will see a valuable lesson in everything that you experience in life.
While you have a strong desire to be free, you are also mature enough to carefully plan for and earn your freedom by mobilizing all of your resources--people, money, property, etc. You are highly ambitious and have the stamina and foresight required to handle the long-term planning that will set you up for life.
You seem to have one foot each in the past and future: you can learn from the mistakes and successes of history, yet you can see and strive for the brighter vision of the future. You would work well in groups sharing a common goal, especially in such fields as science, mathematics, research, politics, or metaphysics. You would be an especially inspiring teacher.
Because you consider yourself to be constantly moving forward, you lose patience with persons who seem to have no direction or purpose. You also have no time for superficial people or "space cadets." You prefer to be in the company of others who are future-oriented and have high ideals for the world--like yours.
Be sure to get sufficient rest in order to recharge your batteries. You are prone to driving yourself into the ground without noticing it. When you become depleted and tired, you will become pessimistic and maintain a negative attitude even in light of the most favorable of situations.
Pluto trine North Node (Strength: 6.24)You regard yourself as a patriotic servant of the people and have a keen sense of which way the political wind is blowing. You use technology to reach the masses and can strike a popular chord. You have good taste and keep things in proper proportion. You should be good in business. You can be an efficient modernizing force, with high quality standards. Your connection is with the people, not just the wealthy few. Joan of Arc used this aspect to rally the masses in the year 1429.
Neptune opposite Chiron (Strength: 5.86)This aspect helps you to resist societal pressures to conform. It helps you to be a distinct individual -- unorthodox, daring, innovative, a non-conformist. Some might consider you eccentric or immoral. You could have a basically conforming life, but find healthy alternate ways to resist conforming in your private life. You can be a fighter or crusader on behalf of groups or causes in need. Or you can just have your own sense for fashion and imaginative design. Some major event in your childhood may have shaken your security. That would be a good thing, because with too great a feeling of security you could lack ambition. This aspect helps or enables you to act because you are relatively unconcerned either with restrictive rules or with fears for self.
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** For the background story, see https://www.livescience.com/60952-da-vinci-painting-fetches-450-million.html
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